Evaluation of a Commercially Delivered Weight Management Program for Adolescents Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE:To evaluate a commercially available, structured short-term weight management program designed for adolescents with obesity delivered by nonhealth professionals. STUDY DESIGN:A multisite parallel-group randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate a commercial 12-week lifestyle behavioral program in commercial weight management centers in Australia. Eligible participants (13-17 years, body mass index (BMI) z score ?1.282 with no presenting morbidities) were randomized (n?=?88) to intervention or wait-list, and the program was delivered by consultants at participating weight management centers. The primary outcome was change in BMI z score. Secondary outcomes included the psychometric variables quality of life, body-esteem, and self-esteem. Data was analyzed according to intention-to-treat principles. RESULTS:Of 74 participants who consented to enter the study, 66 provided baseline anthropometric data and 12-week data were available for 55 individuals (74%). A significantly greater decrease in BMI z score in the intervention group (n?=?32) was observed when compared with the wait-list control group, mean difference (MD)?=??0.27?kg/m2; 95% CI, ?0.37,?0.17; P?


  • Bonham, Maxine P
  • Dordevic, Aimee L
  • Ware, Robert S
  • Brennan, Leah
  • Truby, Helen

publication date

  • 2017